Westphal Named USTFCCCA Division I Athlete of the Week

PHOTO: Boston College's Liv Westphal heads into the finish line during the ACC Cross Country Championship, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Earlysville, Va.

Westphal is the first Eagle to earn the national accolade

Boston College senior Liv Westphal has been named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Athlete of the Week, according to a release by the organization Monday afternoon. Westphal earned the accolade for her stellar performance winning the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship on Friday, Oct. 31.

On Friday morning in Earlysville, VA, Westphal overtook Florida State’s Colleen Quigley to win in 19:43.8, setting a Panorama Farms course record in the process.  She won by 14 seconds on the strength of a serious move at almost exactly 3000 meters into the race, according to USTFCCCA.

The Limoges, France native has only lost one race this fall, taking fourth place at the Wisconsin Adidas Invite. She’s the sixth-best returner in the NCAA from a year ago (17th in Terre Haute) and has beaten two of the five women ahead of her in the 2014 season.